x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Broad hat-trick 'won't mean much' if England do not win

Stuart Broad, who took three consecutive wickets to peg India back on day two of the second Test, at Nottingham on Saturday, reckons the hosts have fought back well.

Stuart Broad, second from left, was responsible for an Indian batting collapse at Nottingham on Saturday.
Stuart Broad, second from left, was responsible for an Indian batting collapse at Nottingham on Saturday.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND // Stuart Broad, the England fast bowler, revealed his hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge was the third he has managed so far in his life, and acknowledged that it was someone more important than the other two.

The last time he managed three wickets in three successive deliveries he was playing in his under 15s side at Oakham School.

This time around he was playing in front of a baying crowd at his home ground, in a Test match against the world's leading side, and he started the slide by dismissing the game's most bankable player, MS Dhoni.

"The atmosphere was not quite as good at school with the parents watching," Broad, who followed Dhoni's wicket with those of Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar, said. "In the context of the game the wickets were important and to get a hat-trick within that was very special.

"It won't mean much if we don't win this Test match. You can always look back on fond memories when you are winning."

Broad eventually ended with six wickets, hastening the end of India's innings with five wickets for no runs.

However, the tall fast bowler said it was one of the wickets that he did not take which gave his side the most pleasure - that of Rahul Dravid, who was dismissed by Tim Bresnan at the other end.

Dravid has been a thorn in England's side in both Tests so far this summer, and his knock of 117 gave his side a 67-run lead after the first innings.

"India have got a lead on us which could prove crucial in the game," Broad said. "But we have got ourselves in a decent position and it is up to us to build on that."

Broad probably only kept his place in the England side at the start of this series on account of the fact Bresnan, his likely replacement, was lacking match practice following an injury.

Having made the cut, he took seven wickets in the opening Test at Lord's, six in the first innings here, and has scored two half-centuries as well.

Even Dravid has been impressed by the way Broad has responded to his critics. "He bowled really good lengths and he seems to have handled the pressure and the scrutiny he was under really well," Dravid said.

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